Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Southeastern Ontario!

photo of Golden-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler taken at Forest Lawn on May 9th - Photo by Sue Barth ©


Reports of warblers are coming in from all over!

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts.  We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc.  was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region.  Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.

Upcoming Field Trips and Events

Several field trips, meetings, and events have recently been added to our calendar.  Take a look and be sure to join us at a meeting or on one of our field trips!

May 15th:  Thank you to all who participated!  Please submit your checklists to your section compiler asap.

May 21st:  Meet at 7:30 AM at 390 Holloway Bay Rd S in Fort Erie.  Join the BOS for a walk through this remnant Carolinian Forest and ancient dune community located at the NW corner of Point Abino, Ontario. Of course, we will be looking for newly-landed Neotropical migrants, but the wildflowers, old growth trees and towering sand dunes just might steal the show! Some local rarities such as Cerulean and Hooded Warblers have nested here in the past and Red-headed Woodpeckers still do. This will be a 1/2 day trip.

June 4th:  Iroquois NWR and Vicinity Field Trip - Join the BOS with leader Celeste Morien for a roundup of our locally rare and highly sought after specialties, such as Prothonotary and Cerulean Warblers, Black Tern, Acadian Flycatcher, and Yellow-throated Vireo!

June 8th:  The Annual BOS June Picnic will be held at 6PM at Tifft Nature Preserve. Dinner will be followed with a short hike of the preserve.

June 11th:  Target Birding Field Trip - Join the BOS with co-leaders Holly Sweeney and Bernie Kester, on a hunt for the Clay-colored Sparrow up in Olcott, NY. The fields hold other birds like Bobolink, Willow Flycatcher, and maybe even some Orchard Orioles!

BOS Happenings:

Check the Calendar for upcoming events!

Click here for a transcript of the minutes of our last meeting.